POTSDAM — A physician at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, will discuss the use of medical cannabis to raise awareness about alternative treatment.
Dr. Noah Zuker is offering a free community talk at 11 a.m. Aug. 20 at the Ives Park Gazebo in Potsdam.
“The event will consist of an informal information session about the use of medical cannabis in the North Country, followed by a question and answer session for members of the community,” said Amanda Hitterman, executive director of marketing and relations with the CHMC community. “The goal is to raise awareness in the community about this alternative medicine treatment.”
Dr. Zuker will discuss the medicinal use of cannabis, his medical cannabis clinic, answer questions about cannabis, and clear up misconceptions about the use and misuse of cannabis.
“If you have questions about using medical cannabis, this is a great way to get accurate information from a trained professional,” said Ms. Hitterman. “We’re not promoting a specific dispensary or supplier, but trying to inform the true modern medical applications that cannabis can have.”
Dr. Zuker, who practices all aspects of general surgery and endoscopy, also sees patients in his clinic for alternative medicine treatments, such as cannabis.
“Patients require a referral usually from primary care; any patient is welcome for discussion,” Dr. Zuker said. “We are available to discuss if a patient is dissatisfied or has exhausted orthodox options.”
Among these patients, Dr. Zuker said he has had great success with cannabis treatments.
“On average, I see about 20 patients per clinic,” he said. “The most common reasons people come to this clinic are chronic pain and sleep problems that do not respond to traditional treatments. We are very successful in treating these problems and providing relief to patients. We hope this will increase awareness and reduce the stigma of this safe alternative medical treatment.”
Talk attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. In case of rain, a tent will be available.
For more information, contact the Claxton-Hepburn Community Relations Department at 315-713-5251.